Dental hygienists are advocates of disease prevention, especially when it comes to oral disease like periodontitis. But dental hygienists themselves are in need of protection from all sorts of diseases. For starters, they go through a lot of strain on a daily basis because of the physical demands of their job. They are therefore vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs.
Ergonomic interventions are very important when it comes to preventing the development of these disorders in the muscle, ligaments, bones, and joints. Even dental hygienists need the help of other healthcare providers. And this is where chiropractors come in.
Implementing a preventive plan for joint health is essential to a long and fulfilling career in any field, including dental hygiene. Chiropractors not only identify risky behaviors but also develop strategies for neutral positioning, proper joint alignment, and muscle balance.
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People don’t always think about the health of their joints, muscles, and body. Not many of us have the time to do that, with our busy schedules and hectic daily lives. Dental hygienists spend so much time in the clinic that a lot of them don’t have time to exercise. In fact, musculoskeletal disorders are so much higher for those who are working in dentistry. Around 63 to 94 percent of dental professionals are affected by MSDs.
Doctors of chiropractic understand the implications of inflammation and the benefits of preventive methods. This is similar to how dental hygienists understand the same implications on an individual’s oral health.
Patients who are suffering from headache, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, etc. often have altered spine mobility. This can be caused by our day to day activities or numerous etiologies with vertebral subluxation as the biomechanical derangement to produce these symptoms.
When joint misalignment happens, it creates unnecessary stress within the body and the nervous system in particular. Just like how plaque builds up on the teeth and harbors disease-causing bacteria, this stress can cause nerve irritation or interference. The severity of discomfort will depend on how your body adapts to these stresses.
Just as dentists recommend patients to come in regularly for preventive dental cleanings to remove the plaque, chiropractors also recommend regular adjustments to help maintain the health of your joints and muscles. Chiropractic care works under the philosophy that if the spine is in proper alignment, the body could repair itself optimally. This is why chiropractic care is one of the most reliable alternative treatment methods that provide pain relief.
Research has also shown that chiropractic care plays an important role in pain and disability improvement. Patients experience better outcomes in pain, allowing them to live more comfortably without getting distracted by any aches and strains.
The chiropractic physician uses an instrument or manually manipulates the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint junction. They apply controlled force to joints that have become hypomobile, misaligned or subluxed.
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